Happy 2012! Around this time of year – after the hubbub of the holidays has passed, my mind starts to wander to warmer, sunnier places. When you live in the Northwest it is key to have a get-away planned that involves sun!

The grey days can be lifted by the anticipation of seeing the sun or even by distant memories from past get-aways. Both help.


Verana, the handmade hotel, in Yalapa Mexico is one I cling to on the darkest of grey days. I keep dreaming of waking up to the sun in one of their open-air casitas.

The hotel is designed by Heinz Legler, a former film production designer, and his French wife Veronique Lievre and is situated in the jungle above the town of Yelapa, Mexico. Legler and Lievre had a vision for this property and have created a dream-like set for a vacation. A visitor arrives by a small boat to the town of Yelapa (just outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) from the beach, you hike up the hill to Verana and your luggage is brought up by donkeys.

The bungalows ( all 9 of them) are unique to the landscape where they sit and the character of the furniture and accessories they house. They call this the handmade hotel and it really does have that kind of soul! The individual houses are a feast for the eyes!
Just looking at the photos takes me to a sunnier place.